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AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise

Eric E. Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures, testifies during a hearing on speaks on emerging technologies and their impact on national security.

The final report of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence calls on the U.S. to enhance its AI skills.

Credit: Susan Walsh/AP

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI) issued its final report to Congress on March 1, calling on the U.S. to enhance its AI skills as a means of countering China.

The 15-member commission—which includes executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon—indicated that, with or without the U.S. and other democracies, machines that "perceive, decide, and act more quickly" and more accurately than humans will be used for military purposes.

Despite warning against their unchecked use, the report does not support a global ban on autonomous weapons.

The report also recommends "wise restraints" on the use of facial recognition and other AI tools that could be used for mass surveillance and calls for "White House-led strategy" to defend against AI-related threats, set standards for the responsible use of AI, and increase research and development to maintain a technological edge over China.

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